Mackenzie House, Toronto

Mackenzie House, Toronto

Built in the 1850s, the gas-lit Georgian style row-house located at 82 Bond Street, Toronto is the Mackenzie House. This house is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the first mayor of Toronto, William Lyon Mackenzie. In 1820, Mackenzie emigrated from Scotland and published a political newspaper, Colonial Advocate.

The house functioned as a print shop initially and was used for Mackenzie's publications. Mackenzie lived in the house with his wife Isabel and 13 children, and passed away in the second floor bedroom in 1861. The house was sold in the 1930's and was to be demolished but concerned citizens raised enough money to save it. Later in 1950 it was renovated, restored by the Toronto Historical Board and was made open to the public as a museum which exhibits glimpses of Victorian life. The Cultural Division of Toronto City and Museum and Heritage Services operate the Mackenzie House.

The house was locked for a long period during which several activities were observed which made people believe it was haunted. A man whose description matched Mackenzie’s and a long haired woman were seen even when the house was empty and locked. Some other haunted stories included playing of the antique piano, sounds of operation of the printing press and footsteps. These paranormal activities have been observed and reported but none have been documented. Either for the chill of mystery or the thrill of history, a visit to the Mackenzie House is a must.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
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Sight Name: Mackenzie House
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Toronto's Historic Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

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Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Because of being one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world, it is more than obvious that Toronto is not just another expensive global city, but also has a strongly developed sense of culture. Just give this city a chance to convince you of this. Take this walking tour and check out the best of Toronto's museum and galleries, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is a major Canadian metropolis on the shore of Lake Ontario renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture. The city boasts rich cultural scene and a multitude of green spaces, offering a wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities. To learn more about and enjoy the delights of Toronto, follow this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Shopping Tour in Toronto

Shopping Tour in Toronto

There are many ways to enjoy shopping in Toronto. You can either walk along the oldest streets of the city, like Yonge street and visit the huge fancy shopping centers, or you can experience the atmosphere of the historic market of St. Lawrence. This tour has it all: from small unusual stores to big "all-mighty" malls. So don't hesitate to enjoy an authentic shopping experience by visiting the attractions listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Because it is an ethnically diverse city, Toronto has different types of churches beginning with imposing Revival style Cathedrals to small postmodernist churches.This tour however aims to introduce you to some of the most famous religious structures in the city. While in Toronto be sure to check the ones listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Toronto Islands Self-guided Tour

Toronto Islands Self-guided Tour

This chain of small islands located in Lake Ontario represents a great recreation destination surrounded by a peaceful and joyful atmosphere. The chain consists of three major islands (Center Island, Algonquin or Sunfish Island and Olympic Island) and several small ones. The Toronto Islands offer a great panoramic view of Toronto. Check out the attractions listed below that these islands offer to tourists.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Toronto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Toronto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km

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